ERIC Number: ED275403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Feb-25
Reference Count: 0
The Essential Characteristics of the Father's Role for Child Adjustment and Family Strength.
Rekers, George A.
Reviewed in this address are research findings demonstrating that while some diversity in families is normal and functional, other forms of family diversity result from problems and are associated with human suffering. It is argued that both developmental and clinical studies have established the general rule that the father's positive presence in the home is, in the vast majority of cases, normally essential for the existence of family strength and child adjustment. Asserting that divorce has become one of the most common tragic crises in present day American society, and that victimless divorce is either rare or nonexistent when children are involved, the discussion further argues that an alternative to divorce or staying unhappily married exists: making major and prolonged efforts to solve marital problems and restore marital harmony. Discussion subsequently focuses on research which identifies the characteristics of fathers who promote normal child adjustment, parallel research on the characteristics of strong families, necessary conditions of normal child adjustment, public policy and the prevention of child suffering and family distress, restoring the primary parental role, applying research knowledge on family strengths, and national leadership on behalf of America's families. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Congressional Hearing, "The Diversity and Strength of American Families," before the Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families, United States House of Representatives (Washington, DC, February 25, 1986).